Professor Named to Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers

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Laura Guiliano

Laura Giuliano

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (June 2, 2015)—Laura Giuliano, an associate professor of economics in the School of Business Administration, has been appointed to the staff of President Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers. Giuliano will serve one term as senior economist for labor and education beginning at the end of August.

The council, which consists of the chair and two senior members, offers the president expert economic advice on the formulation of both domestic and international economic policy. It bases its recommendations and analysis on economic research and empirical evidence, using the best data available to advise the president. The council is supported by up to 10 senior economists—each of whom works on different major areas of the economy.

Giuliano’s duties will include helping to prepare daily and monthly briefings for President Obama and council members and contributing to the annual Economic Report of the President. One regular task will be to help interpret the “jobs report” that is published each month by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“As a senior economist for labor and education, I will provide economic analysis on a wide range of issues involving labor market policy, such as the minimum wage and overtime compensation, as well as issues related to anti-poverty programs, education, and work/family policy,” said Giuliano. “I will also work with other parts of the White House, the Department of Labor and the Department of Education.”

Giuliano has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California—Berkeley, a master’s in international relations from Yale University, and bachelor’s in economics from the University of Virginia. She has been with the University of Miami  since 2004.




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UM Elects New Members to the Board of Trustees

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (June 2, 2015) – The University of Miami has elected Susan Lytle Lipton, A.B .’67, J.D. ’70, as an alumni trustee, and Daniela Lorenzo as the student trustee on its Board of Trustees. In addition, Angel Gallinal joined the University’s board as an ex officio trustee on June 1. The Board of Trustees is responsible for governing the University of Miami, one of the top private research universities in the United States.

A former investment banker, lawyer, and scholarship student at UM, Lipton is a community volunteer and president of the Lipton Foundation, a private foundation. She and her husband, attorney Martin Lipton, live in New York and are very involved in their alma maters.

Gallinal is a partner in the Miami office of Egon Zehnder, a leading global firm specializing in executive search and talent advisory services, and serves a wide variety of clients in consumer goods, hospitality, media and communications, and sports. A graduate of both Harvard College and Harvard Business School, he is an active member of the South Florida community, contributing to various organizations, including serving as the new president of UM’s Citizens Board. The Citizens Board is a select group of more than 265 business, professional, and civic leaders who actively support the University’s philanthropic efforts and promote its programs.

Lorenzo, the new student trustee, is a rising senior at UM, where she is majoring in political science, psychology, and religious studies, and is on a pre-law academic track. A Miami resident, Lorenzo serves as the vice president of the Federation of Cuban Students, known as FEC, and has been involved with Student Government as an executive at large, connecting various branches and committees of the organization through newsletters and programming.

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University of Miami Names New Vice President and Treasurer

Jeffrey Kirles

Geoffrey Kirles

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (May 28, 2015)—The University of Miami has named Geoffrey Kirles as vice president and treasurer, effective June 1. In his new post, Kirles will be responsible for treasury and business services functions, including investments, debt and cash management, auxiliaries, risk management, and environmental health and safety.

Kirles was previously an executive director with J.P. Morgan’s Investment Bank, which included stints in its investment banking coverage and on international banking teams. During his 16-year career with J.P. Morgan, Kirles focused primarily on investment banking debt, capital markets, and leveraged finance, and he advised clients on capital structure solutions, deal structuring, and execution of syndicated revolving credit facilities, institutional term loans, and bond issuances.

“Geoff brings to the University a deep understanding of capital markets and the creativity that comes from experiences with a wide variety of industries,” said Joe Natoli, senior vice president for business and finance and CFO. “He will lead our efforts to invest University assets, including endowment and pension funds, develop financing strategies, and manage auxiliaries like the BankUnited Center and on-campus retail in ways that support the University’s mission to transform lives through teaching, research, and service.”

Kirles earned his M.B.A. in finance, accounting, strategic management, and entrepreneurship from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a B.A. in finance from Michigan State University. He and his wife, Dawn, a CPA, reside on Miami Beach.


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René Monteagudo Appointed Director of UM Counseling Center

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René Monteagudo

René Monteagudo, a counseling psychologist who specializes in crisis intervention, student development, training, supervision, group therapy, and the LGBT and Latino populations, has been appointed director of the University of Miami Counseling Center, effective July 1. He will succeed Ernesto Escoto, who departed from UM to pursue a new opportunity.

Originally from South Florida, Monteagudo is currently senior associate director of Florida Atlantic University’s Counseling and Psychological Services, where he also serves as director of clinical services. He earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and specialist’s degrees from the University of Florida and his Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Indiana University. He completed a doctoral internship at The Pennsylvania State University.

He has been on the FAU staff since 2013, and he previously served as director at the University of North Florida Counseling Center and as training director at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Counseling Center.

At his previous institutions, Monteagudo served on several major committees involving mental health and student crisis. He chaired the long-standing suicide prevention committee at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and served on behavioral intervention teams at UNF and FAU. He has presented at multiple conferences on group therapy, training, and leadership, and was an American Psychological Association accreditation site visitor.

“We are thrilled that Dr. Monteagudo will be joining us,” said Vice President for Student Affairs Patricia A. Whitely. “I am confident that his diverse leadership experience will continue to enhance the services of our UM Counseling Center. He will no doubt be a committed and collaborative partner with faculty, students, and staff across the campus, and I am delighted he has accepted our offer to join the University community.”

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Graduate School Dean M. Brian Blake to Step Down for New Post at Drexel University

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M. Brian Blake

M. Brian Blake

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (April 17, 2015) – M. Brian Blake, Ph.D., who always had the best interests of students and faculty in mind during his three years as UM’s vice provost for academic affairs and dean of the Graduate School, is stepping down to become the next provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Drexel University beginning August 1.

“In his brief time at UM, Brian Blake has had a significant impact on several dimensions,” said UM Executive Vice President and Provost Thomas J. LeBlanc. “As dean of the Graduate School, he has been a prominent spokesperson for the role of graduate education, the quality of graduate programs, and for the interests of graduate students. As vice provost for academic affairs, he has led efforts to strengthen and diversify the faculty and train the next generation of academic leaders. He leaves the University of Miami stronger for his efforts, and we all wish him well in his new role as provost.”

Blake arrived at UM in the summer of 2012 from the University of Notre Dame, where he was a professor of computer science and engineering and associate dean of engineering, research, and graduate studies.

“Who could ask for more superb mentors and friends than President Shalala and Provost LeBlanc or a more exciting and rewarding community of students, faculty, and staff?” said Blake. “Our family will truly miss daily life at the U, but we do plan to keep our lifelong friendships. From a professional perspective, the decision to move is bittersweet and reflects my desire to help craft a narrative much like President Shalala at an institution like Drexel, for which I have natural affinities.”

As dean of UM’s Graduate School, he oversaw more than 160 graduate programs in 11 schools and colleges serving more than 5,700 students, with an overall tuition-based budget of approximately $73 million. Under his leadership, UM established first-of-their-kind interdisciplinary graduate programs across its three campuses and launched graduate initiatives in China, Italy, Jamaica, and Spain. Blake also led the development of the Distinction and Diversity initiative for graduate education and research, with goals including enhanced research outcomes for students and junior faculty, elevated visibility for graduate education, and leveraging the diversity of UM’s programs and community.

His UM position of vice provost for academic affairs involved University-wide faculty enhancement efforts. He set policy for research programs in many academic disciplines on the Coral Gables campus, including arts and sciences, business, communication, education, engineering, law, nursing, and more. Blake also led task forces that assessed faculty recruitment efforts and the University climate in regards to diversity for both students and faculty, and for tenured and non-tenure-track faculty. With support from a group of graduate student leaders, he oversaw the creation of the “Research Intersections” forum for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty to share their work with each other and pursue interdisciplinary research.

At Drexel, Blake will be the institution’s highest-ranking academic officer.



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